You can let ‘your freak flag fly’ in the Land of (not so) Far Far Away and play your part! Come and join in with The Starring Lincoln Theatre Company’s production of Shrek in the grounds of Lincoln Castle!
Following the critically acclaimed spectacular sell out run of Oliver! at Lincoln Cathedral which also collected 4 tonnes of food for Lincoln Foodbank, Starring Lincoln are once again intent on pushing the bar even higher, and the best thing of all is that you can be involved.
Over 200 Lincolnshire residents took part in Oliver! and Ben Poole, director of Shrek, is wanting your help to make this year even bigger and better:
“Our shows are unique and special, they are huge events in the calendar for so many people and we aim to make every show even more special than the last. So this year we step away from the Cathedral and into the magnificent grounds of Lincoln Castle, it’s going to be a truly wonderful experience for everybody involved.
“As always the show will be 100% driven by the local community, and, if you want to get involved, you’re in!
“I implore people, even if they’re just curious at this stage, to come to the Waterside Centre on Thursday September 26th at 7pm and get a taste for what could potentially be one of the best experiences of their lives. Wear something green, immerse yourself in Far Far Away Land, but most importantly just come and have a look!!!
“People need to know there are many different types of opportunities, there are no barriers to participation, whether you’re an actor, musician, technician, you want to help backstage or perhaps with marketing… whatever it might be, come and see us.
“There’s nothing of its kind in the UK, indeed there’s no other city you could live in that would offer people this opportunity. Why would anyone want to miss out on being part of something truly amazing?”
Negligence and poor maintenance to blame
Anglian Water has been ordered to pay more than £156,000 for polluting a Northamptonshire brook with sewage.
In a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency, Leicester Magistrates’ Court fined the company £146,000 and ordered them to pay £10,676 in costs after it found the company’s negligence and lack of maintenance were behind a number of failures at the Yardley Hastings sewage plant.
The pollution occurred over 2 days in August 2016, when at least a kilometre and a half of Grendon Brook was contaminated with sewage.
Tests carried out by Environment Agency officers at the time showed levels of ammonia were 20 times higher downstream – enough to be extremely toxic to fish, invertebrates and other aquatic life.
The pollution was caused by various failures at the pumping station, which takes in raw sewage and transfers it to the main site for treatment. The pumps became air-locked and stopped working, causing sewage to back up in the storage tank, which filled and discharged into the nearby brook. Alarms which should have alerted staff to the problem also failed to sound.
Investigations found the faults were due to a lack of maintenance – and although Anglian Water had undertaken three maintenance visits, they had no records of the affected parts being cleaned or maintained in the year leading up to the incident.
The pollution was reported on 24 August but wasn’t acted on, and the company had no record of the report being made. An alarm triggered the same day to indicate a problem as there was no flow from the pumping station to the main sewage works, but this was mistakenly closed down without being resolved.
The pollution continued intermittently for two days until it was noticed and stopped on 26 August – but this could have been done sooner if earlier reports had been acted on.
Anglian Water pleaded guilty to breaching the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 and the Water Resources Act 1991 in the case heard on Thursday, 12 September.
The company’s environmental permit only allowed the site to discharge into the brook in storm conditions or in an emergency, neither of which applied at the time of the pollution.
The permit also required Anglian Water to maintain a 24-hour alarm system in case the pumping station failed or broke down, and a separate alarm to alert staff when the emergency sewage storage tank overflowed into the watercourse.
But the company only installed this second alarm in October 2016, after the incident – and 20 years after being required to do so by the permit.
Adam Glassford, senior environment officer with the Environment Agency who investigated the incident, said: “Earlier this year, we pledged a tougher approach towards water companies that don’t live up to their environmental responsibilities, and this case proves that we will hold them to account when they pollute the natural environment.
“It’s our job as a regulator to protect people and wildlife, and we will take action when they’re put at risk.”
In mitigation, the court heard that Anglian Water self-reported the pollution, cooperated with the investigation, and that there was no evidence of dead fish or invertebrates in the affected stretch. The company has since taken steps to fix the faults and to clean up the brook.
In the latest water company performance report, Anglian Water was given 3 out of 4 stars – requiring improvement to reduce their impact on the environment.
Anyone who suspects a pollution is urged to report it to the Environment Agency’s 24-hour incident hotline by calling 0800 80 70 60.
A teenager has admitted raping a woman on Lincoln’s South Common, in July.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court, today (September 4).
He admitted charges of rape, assault by penetration, and sexual assault on a woman, on July 21.
He also admitted a charge of assault with intent to commit a sexual offence, relating to another woman, on the same day.
The male was arrested on South Common on July 22, after we had stepped up patrols in the area.
He is due to appear at the same court on November 4, for sentencing. The teenager was told today that he should expect a custodial sentence.
Police are still appealing for the victims of two other sexual assaults in the South Common area to come forward.
The first incident was reported to us on July 5 at 7.38pm by a dog walker who said she had found a distressed girl who claimed to have been “touched” by a man.
The victim is described as being aged in her teens, tanned complexion with blond hair, wearing a pink sleeveless t-shirt and light blue ripped jeans. She had a red mountain bike with her.
The second incident was reported at 6.59pm on July 16. In this case a dog walker witnessed a man possibly assaulting a woman on the South Common. The woman was white, believed to be in her 20s with long dark hair.
She was wearing multi coloured yoga pants and a black cardigan. Her sunglasses were broken during the incident.
Anyone with information should call us on 101, or email email@example.com
A 19-year-old man has pleaded guilty to 9 offences of making indecent photographs of a child when appearing at Lincoln Magistrates Court.
Lincolnshire Police received information from an American law enforcement agency that illegal images of children were being downloaded at an address on Cliff Lane, Welton.
On 23 July they executed a warrant at the address and Lewis Croft, aged 19, was arrested on suspicion of downloading illegal images of children. Three devices were seized and examined.
Lewis Croft was further arrested on Tuesday 20 August and subsequently charged with a total of 9 offences under the Protection of Children Act 1978.
The charges are broken down into category offences as follows;
2 offences of making a category A indecent photograph of a child,
2 offences of making a category B indecent photograph of a child and 2 offences of making a category C indecent photograph of a child, 3 of the 9 charges relate to taking category C indecent photographs at a primary school.
Having been charged he was remanded in police custody overnight and appeared before Lincoln District Magistrates Court on Wednesday 21 August 2019 where he pleaded guilty to all 9 offences.
Lewis Croft was again remanded in custody by Lincoln Magistrates. The case has been transferred to Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing. A date has yet to be fixed.
Detective Inspector Dan Boulter, Senior Investigating Officer, Lincolnshire Police said: “Croft has clearly had a plan to put himself front line and centre to work with children.
“He was training to work within the child care arena and during that training he worked on a school placement.
“We have worked quickly to stop Croft in his tracks and he will no longer have access to young people. He had enrolled on a childcare course at college and as part of that he undertook a placement at a school. The images he took at the school were taken between May and July 2019.
“We are working closely with the school to keep those involved updated and answer any questions they have. We continue to provide support where it is needed.
“The school has robust safeguarding practices in place and are completing a full review. This news will come as a shock for all of those connected to the school and I recognise the impact this may have. This has been a priority investigation to make sure Lewis Croft could be brought to justice as soon as possible.
“I ask that the privacy of those involved is respected and remind people it is unlawful to identify any child or young person involved.”